06 January 2014, North

Green light for Cockermouth hospital move

GPs and health professionals are preparing to move into the new Cockermouth Community hospital and Health centre.

The £11m new building provides a state of the art integrated facility that incorporates a range of services to form one NHS provision for the town and surrounding area.

The two GP surgeries, Castlegate and Derwent surgery (formerly Derwent House), are expecting to open in the new building from Monday 27th January.  This is also the date the pharmacy expects to open.

Integrated health services

Dr Simon Desert said: “The GPs and staff of Derwent House Surgery, Castlegate Surgery and Castlegate Pharmacy are looking forward to developing a more integrated health service for our patients. The new facility is designed to facilitate joint working with our colleagues, especially from the community and acute hospital trusts; true to our values – One NHS for patients.

“The far sighted actions of our League of Friends has created a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve health services for our community.”

Inside the new building there will be a wide range of health services available including: The two GPs surgeries, Castlegate Pharmacy (incorporating Derwent House dispensary), an 11 bed in patient ward, community health clinics including: physiotherapy, podiatry, and First Step. There will be hospital consultant clinics, vascular screening, retinoscopy and NHS dentistry services.

The new health facility will also be the base for children’s community nurses, midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will run community health clinics in the new building and will run the new state of the art in-patient ward. Cumbria Partnership are committed to making the transition as quickly as possible while continuing to meet the needs of patients - who are our priority. We expect this transition to take place from February.

Tracey Porter, Integrated Matron for Cockermouth said: “The staff and myself welcome our move into the new building and look forward to continue providing our high quality service from the new facilities.”

Mark Day, Executive Director, Community Health Partnership North, commented: “This wonderful new Community Hospital will provide the people of Cockermouth and the surrounding area with not only modern, purpose built healthcare facilities, but also the services to meet their needs now and in the future.

“Community Health Partnership has worked with a range of public and private sector partners to deliver a first-class hospital that enables GPs, and other healthcare providers, to better meet the needs of the community - as patients and visitors coming to Cockermouth Hospital will see for themselves in the months and years to come.”

Meeting community needs

Deputy Clinical Chair for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and Lead GP for Copeland Dr David Rogers said: “The opening of services in the new community hospital heralds a new era for the people of West Cumbria. This is a facility which is designed to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the community for the 21st century and will provide a one stop shop for the health needs of the people of Cockermouth and the surrounding area.”

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust will also run paediatric and midwifery clinics from the building, the start dates for this are currently being confirmed.

An official opening will be announced in the New Year.